The Department of Homeland Security announced that a certain class of young illegal immigrants will no longer be facing deportation. The new policy will allow this class of individuals work permits and they will no longer face the fear of removal proceedings.
The new policy pertains to those under the age of 30 who have been in the United States before the age of 16 and have lived in the United States for 5 years. In addition, the individuals must also have no criminal record and have a high school diploma or served in the military.
The new policy is being done under Executive Order by President Obama and is not new legislation. It does not provide for citizenship or permanent legal status. It does grant the individual the opportunity to apply for a two-year “deferred action” which may be renewed. It removes the threat of deportation for up to two years.
Individuals that would receive this status would be eligible to apply for valid work authorization.
Although this rule is effect immediately, USCIS and ICE anticipate implementation of the application processes to be within sixty days. In the meantime, for more information on the new policy, see USCIS’s website (at www.uscis.gov), ICE’s website (at www.ice.gov), or DHS’s website (at www.dhs.gov). Beginning June 18, 2012, you can also call USCIS’ hotline at 1-800-375-5283 or ICE’s hotline at 1-888-351-4024 regarding the process.